The Parish of Valley with Bryngwran and Caergeiliog
St. David’s Day Family Service in St. Michael’s Church
During the service Neil had one of the Sunday School out at the front with him. As he preached he had him holding different items. Eventually the child was so heavily laden with items that he couldn't move properly or do anything. This illustration was about not letting life become so busy and stressful that we forget what Lent is all about. We should take time out to prepare ourselves for Easter.
Mothering Sunday Service in St. Michael’s Church
The church was full for the Mothering Sunday Service at St. Michael's. The Sunday school led us with mimes and taught the congregation a lively action song reminding us of God's love. They also produced their own art work showing how their hands and they themselves could help show God's love to those around. Everyone present received a posy of flowers and a card to celebrate the day.
Bryngwran’s Evening of Easter Fun
The evening started with an egg hunt for the children followed by judging of the Easter bonnets, decorated eggs and Easter pictures. There were many participants from Bryngwran community, Clwb y Drindod, Caergeiliog Youth Group, Plas Crigyll Residential Home and Hafan Day Centre. The entries were of such a high quality that it made choosing the eventual winners a very difficult task for Jan Adams. There were refreshements and hot dogs served during the evening and the money raised in total for Bryngwran Church and Caergeiliog playing fields to share between them was £166.85. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work and for everyone's support in making it a successful evening.
Easter Flowers in St. Michael’s Church
Good Friday and Easter Day
We all came together on Easter morning each bringing any two types of flower to add to the cross as we came forward for Communion. The individual choice of flowers represented each personal journey through Lent."The story of our lives caught up in God's story."
Biship Andrew’s Visit to Eglwys y Drindod, BryngwranSunday, 3 May, 2009
It was a lovely, bright, sunny day and the church was full to welcome our new Bishop. In the service we remembered St.Ylched and the Bishop spoke on how the lives of Saints can and should inspire us today in our personal Christian walk. It was a joy to have the children from Bryngwran Primary School taking part. They sang a medley of songs so enthusiastically and with great talent. During the service we also had two beautiful solos sung by Lyn.
Thanks are due to everyone who took part and who helped prepare a wonderful buffet and refreshments.
Coleg Menai Welding Students Create Votive Stand forEglwys y Drindod, Bryngwran
Three Coleg Menai students visited Eglwys y Drindod in Bryngwran this week to present a votive stand they have created for the church. Welding students, Gethin Williams from Llandegfan, Karl Jones from Llannerchymedd and Mark Thomas from Holyhead made the presentation to the Reverend Neil Ridings, Church Warden, Mrs Sylvia Owen and PCC Secretary, Mrs Margaret Jones. The Llangefni based first year students who are all studying on the full time EMTA PEO NVQ Level 2 in Welding and Fabrication, created the stand after receiving a written request from Mrs Sylvia Owen along with a magazine-cutting of the type of stand required. Course tutor, Islwyn Williams said: “When we received the letter with the request for a stand from Mrs Owen we were only too happy to help! This project not only assists the local church and community, it also fitted in with the requirements of their NVQ coursework. The students created the stand from scratch using mild-steel – they came up with the design, assembled it using arc-welding and decorative scrolling techniques and applied a spray paint to complete the stand.” Reverend Neil Ridings said: “We’re very grateful to the students at Coleg Menai for creating such a beautiful stand. It is very much appreciated and members of the congregation can light a candle, place it on the stand and say a prayer to remember loved ones for many years to come.”
Films and Wil TânFriday, 10 July, 2009
We had a very successful evening on 10th July, when Ffilmiau Dolafon showed two short films and we had a concert with Wil Tân. We raised £822, with £190 going towards Ward Alaw, Ysbyty Gwynedd and £632 towards the work of Bryngwran Church. Thank you to everyone who supported us, and special thanks to Vaughan and his family for their usual generosity.
Treasure HuntSunday, 12 July, 2009
The treasure hunt was held at Penrhos Nature Reserve for the Sunday School and friends. A great time was had by all and the sun was shining!! There were four teams and each of us had a sheet of 20 questions along with photos to help us work out the clues. Also en route we had to bring leaves back of certain trees so it made us have to be very observant. We were all winners and we had a lovely refreshing ice lolly at the end kindly provided by Bob and Mary who put the whole event together for us. We thank them for all their hard work and for making it a very enjoyable time.
Summer Fête 2009
The sun came out for us and, despite the showers towards the end, the whole day once again turned out to be a wonderful success. As can be seen from the photographs a good number of people came along to support us for which we are very grateful. As ever the fête would not happen without so many working so hard and contributing in so many ways - always the recipe for a successful event! We raised £1,360 and still counting!
The Annual, Bilingual Communion Service at St. Mary's Church was held with the Rev. Neil Ridings presiding and the address given by Rev. Hugh Jones, Holyhead. The organist was Mrs. Sylvia Owen. The church, as usual, was filled to capacity with standing-room only at the back and a congregation consisting not only of many local people, but also visitors and others who had travelled from away to attend. Before the service began reference was made to the deaths of the Rev. Edgar Jones and Mr. Arthur Jones during the last twelve months. They had both played a very important part in our annual service from the beginning. The congregation stood in silence as a mark of respect. The church had been cleaned, as usual, for the service by members of the Rotary Club of Holyhead and had been decorated with flowers. Everyone who had contributed to the service and the success of the afternoon was thanked by Mr. Goronwy O. Parry for their support. Pam Rhodes in her book "Living and Loved", published in the year 2000, commented as follows after her visit to St. Mary's Church, "Every year, there is standing-room only at the annual service on the feast of St. Mary in this little church, which is now seldom used, but dearly loved". This is as true today as it was at the time of her visit.John Rowlands
Harvest Festival, 2009St. Michael's Church
A wonderful response again for the harvest gifts which are being donated to the Lighthouse Centre in Holyhead to support the work with the homeless and the needy. Thank you to everyone for their kind donations.
Harvest Supper, 2009St. Michael's Church Hall
As can be seen from the photograph, the amount of food supplied was more than ample. There was the usual raffle with many prizes and with most people winning something. The evening was rounded off with a presentation by Bill Rogerson, who this year decided to give a show on, "A Welsh Choir singing in Manchester Cathedral". That choir included two members of choirs from our area. During the singing, photos were shown of many local beauty spots including the little trains of North Wales. It was an excellent show with beautiful singing that concluded with the Welsh Anthem. A thoroughly enjoyable evening!
Switching on the Christmas Lights in Bryngwran
The Christmas Lights where switched on at Tony and Shellie's house in Bryngwran on Sunday, 6 December. It was a wonderful turn out. Thank you again to Tony and Shellie for all their hard work that has gone into putting up the decorations both inside and outside the house. Also thank you for the lovely mince pies and refreshments that were provided. All the donations on the night and over the next few weeks will go to Eglwys y Drindod, Bryngwran.